The Boston Celtics are in the midst of a rebuilding process for this season where the only building block for the future is star point guard Rajon Rondo.
After letting Doc Rivers go to coach Los Angeles Clippers and completing a trade that sent icons Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics have stocked several draft picks and short term assets that could be very useful for the future.
If they want to speed the process, however, they should waste no time in extending Avery Bradley’s deal before he hits the restricted free agency after this upcoming season.
The former first-rounder lost part of the past season due to an injury and only played 50 games, but he made his presence felt when he was on the court. Albeit known for his defensive abilities, Bradley’s jumper has improved vastly in recent years, to the point where he can now be considered a reliable scoring option. With Rondo managing the offense, Bradley won’t have any issues finding open spaces to score.
What’s even more important is that extending Bradley could mean that the Celtics are already thinking about winning sooner rather than later. With Rondo locked until the 2014-15 season, having Bradley on a long-term deal would mean that Boston already has two pieces to start building from, and they would also have the time to develop chemistry between the two.
He might not be the most deadly scorer available, but Bradley will be a key player for the Celtics this season. If the Front Office wants to do the right thing, they should work out a deal as soon as they can in order to secure his place on the team for the foreseeable future.